Christ in You — The Hope of God’s Glory to be revealed in us!
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the anointed one, His Sons and His Body on earth. Finding truth and perspective in God’s eternal Kingdom Plan.
Looking deeper to understand more clearly what the Father intended, what the Son came to accomplish and what The Holy Spirit is sent to do!
Confirming the meaning of the term “Christ” and how it is to be correctly used from various different theological resources:
- “There has been much confusion as to the name Jesus “CHRIST.” Is it a name? A title? The simple answer is that Jesus was His name while Christ was His title.”
- “To the surprise of some, “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name (surname). “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “Anointed one”.“
- “When people call Jesus, “Jesus Christ,” they are simply using the word as his title or epithet. And when Jesus is called “The Christ,” it is the same thing as calling him, “The Anointed one”.”
- “To be even more accurate, it would actually be proper to say, “Jesus, the Anointed one” or “the Anointed one, Jesus” (for the Greek «ὁ Χριστός Ἰησοῦς»), since the actual English translation of ὁ Χριστός is “the Anointed one.” “Christ” is actually a transliteration, not a translation. But, of course, tradition is hard to overcome, so people simply say “Jesus Christ” since that is what they were taught.”
- “Jesus Christ: The Anointed One
Jesus combines His name (Jesus) with His title (Christ), meaning Jesus, the Anointed one.“
Jesus — The one in whom The Spirit of God came to dwell bodily — “The Anointed One.”
“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph….” Luke 3:21-23.
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness………
……. and he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read,” Luke 4:1,16.
“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The SPIRIT OF The LORD (JEHOVAH) is upon me, because HE HAS ANOINTED ME to preach the gospel to the poor; HE HAS SENT ME to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of The LORD (JEHOVAH).
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, THIS DAY is this scripture FULFILLED in your ears.
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, IS THIS NOT JOSEPH’S SON?””Luke 4:17-22.
Our story begins on the cross, it is about the ninth hour, and we hear Jesus crying with a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”
What exactly transpired in those few seconds when Jesus said these words?
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”” Matthew 27:46.
This to the natural understanding becomes a mystery. Those who have Revelation in the Spirit, understand that what transpired was that Te Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father, had departed from Jesus and had returned to the Father, because at that moment Jesus would take the sin of the world upon Himself and die.
He would become the sin offering for all mankind and to whosoever would receive His sacrifice for them.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
When looking at this picture, we see three individual Characters in play. We see Jesus, we see The Holy Spirit Who was in Jesus (the Spirit of His Father) Who had departed from within Him and we see the Spirit Person of the Father in Heaven.
When we look at the beginning of the life of Jesus, we see all three in play again. Jesus id announced by His Father through an angel, The Holy Spirit guides the shepherds and the wise men to find the Son who was born and given as a human child, (Isaiah 9:6).
We see Jesus the Son of God, born as the Son of man. We see the Son unclothing Himself from His position of the Spirit in Heavenly Glory and humbling himself to be found in the form of a man among men, and we see Him living an ordinary life as all other men, yet without sin, for thirty years.
“But made himself of no reputation (nothing), and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross,” Philippians 2:8.
From the moment He was born He WOULD BE DESTINED to become the Christ, the Anointed One, or the One in Whom the Spirit of God dwelt upon earth!
Then we see the son of man entering the Jordan, and we see the Heavens open, we see the Spirit of the Father descending upon Him to fill Him and to rest upon Him, we hear the Father speaking regarding His Son Who had just received the infilling with His Spirit.
From that moment Jesus BECAME THE CHRIST! He would no longer be as normal as any other man.
“And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I AM well pleased,”” Luke 3:22.
Note that although Jesus was born to be the Christ, He only became the Christ, THE ANOINTED ONE, at that moment of time when the Spirit of God descended to fill Him and to dwell in Him.
This is very important to understand. Jesus the Christ points out the fact that Jesus the Son of man, now received Someone Who had come to dwell in Him, and that Someone was the Spirit of the Father Himself, The Holy Spirit!
This is why He was called “the Christ”, the One in whom the Spirit dwelt – “The Anointed One”.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” Luke 4:18.
From that time moving forward, Jesus would enter into His earthly destiny in service, becoming a Vessel through Whom His Father would speak, would operate and would become radiantly expressed, as He, by His Spirit in Jesus, would teach mankind about Himself and His Kingdom that was to be reestablished on earth within the hearts of men, women and children.
“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak,” John 12:49.
“Jesus answered them, and said, ‘My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me,’” John 7:16.
“Then Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. For whatever things he [the Father] does, these are also likewise done by the Son,”” John 5:19.
“Of my own self, I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear, [the Father’s words of judgment]; and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me. But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I only do exactly as the Father has instructed me to do,”John 5:30-31.
This is also very important to understand because so many times we see “Jesus Christ” as the person on the cross, not realising what the true meaning of the word “Christ” really means.
We do not understand that it was “Christ”, The Holy Spirit — in Him, Who also had withdrawn from Him in order that He could fulfill His destiny as the Messiah — Jesus the perfect and innocent sinless Son of man, made imperfect by taking our sins upon Himself.
The Holy Spirit had returned to the Father for three days, until He would come to raise Jesus from the dead, thereafter to be poured out upon all who would receive Him as Messiah and LORD in Jerusalem, In Italy and to the ends of the earth!
Jesus in His body, had literally become the veil of separation that was torn on the cross, so that The Holy Spirit could come back to dwell in humanity — just as He had dwelt in Jesus, after He had dealt with our sin on the cross.
Where does Christ now dwell?
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
“…Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27.
IN US, who have yielded ourselves to receive Him!
The Spirit of Christ
The same Spirit Who dwelt in Jesus, The Holy Spirit of our Father now dwells in us! We today represent Christ on earth as being the Body that was recreated, or born, as a result of what He did on the cross, and we today are called to stand in His place on earth as vessels of The Holy Spirit to be filled and saturated with our Father.
“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our LORD,”Romans 6:10-11.
He filled us to become the expression of our Father as His Spirit is being mirrored in Words, in works, in Character, Nature and Personality.
It is to this end that Jesus came to fulfill the desire of His Father, that man could be reconciled, reunited with Him, so that His Spirit could again come to dwell in man, and that they may be One, joined together, just as it was at the beginning before Adam’s fall!
You and I today are carriers of The Holy Spirit, we are the “brethren” who Jesus came to lead to Glory.
We are the sons that He, as the Firstborn, and only begotten Son of the Father, came to rescue, redeem and restore, so we may be restored as the sons of our Father in whom He dwells by His Spirit, and through whom He may establish His Kingdom in all of creation!
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings,” Hebrews 2:10.
The beauty of The Gospel — He humbled himself to become as one of us, so that we may become The Sons of God! (Philippians 2:8)
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God,”John 1:12.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not,” 1 John 3:1.
It was because of this tremendous price that Jesus willingly paid, that God the Father raised Him up and seated Him at His right hand, gave Him all Authority and gave Him the Name that is Above every other Name, that in the name of Jesus Jesus Christ, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD.
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father,” Philippians 2:7-11.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of The LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings. The Holy Spirit is announcing a NEW SOUND from Heaven beginning in 2020 — The Sound of His Glory being poured out!
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